The temperature is dropping and that means the slopes will be open soon.
If you want your children to have a good time this year they need to be warm. In order to do this you’ll want one of the best ski and snowboard jackets for kids.
In this post I’ll show you what to look for when making your selection and my top picks for both boys and girls. By the time you’re done I’m sure you’ll see the perfect product for your child.
How To Choose A Youth Jacket
There’s a couple things you should think about when making a purchase and the most important are:
- Choose the type of coat you want (3 in 1, insulated, shell)
- Look at warmth, waterproofing and breathability ratings
- Consider smaller features (type of fit, seams, powder skirt, etc.)
First off, you need to decide on the kind of jacket you want. There’s three types and they are:
- Insulated Jackets: These jackets are the most popular and offer a ton of protection. There’s a layer of insulation that provides a good amount of warmth and an outershell that keeps the elements out. Most of the products on this list are this type of jacket.
- Shell: A shell jacket is an extremely lightweight jacket and protects against moisture and wind – it doesn’t come with insulation, though. The type of skier/snowboarder that would want a shell jacket is a high performer and needs maximum maneuverability. On very cold days your child will need to layer and this type of coat leaves plenty of room for that.
- 3 in 1: 3 in 1 jackets are very convenient and are a lot like insulated jackets. They have an inner shell for insulation and an outershell to protect against wind/weather. The only difference is the two shells can be unzipped and worn separately. When it’s a warm spring day you wear the outershell so you don’t overheat. You can wear the inner shell causally too.
- Warmth: Warmth comes down to the insulation you have – the more insulation, the more warmth. Most insulation is made from synthetic materials and provides warmth, even when wet. Down insulation is more expensive and generally provides more warmth than synthetic. It doesn’t do as well when wet, though.
- Waterproofing: Waterproofing is important because the last thing you want is to get wet while you’re on the slopes; that can ruin a day. Waterproofing is measured in millimeters and ranges from 1000mm to 20000mm. The average is usually around 5,000mm.
- Breathability: Breathability is the ability of a jacket to keep air moving and reduce sweat build up/overheating. If a jacket isn’t breathable it can be uncomfortable to wear and it’s measured in grams. They range between 2000 grams to 20000 grams.
Lastly, you should think about all the smaller features that make up a coat. There’s things like fit, seams, pockets, powder skirts and more. I’ll go into detail about each of these aspects when I describe the jackets coming up.
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Now that you know what to look for, let’s take a look at my top picks now for boys – my top picks for girls is directly after.
Best Ski Jackets For Boys:
Spyder is an excellent company and I like to wear their gear whenever I get the chance – I’ve never been let down purchasing from them. I know your boy will feel the same if you decide on their Challenger.
What I really like about this product is how warm it is. This is the kind of jacket your child can wear on very cold days and still feel toasty. That’s because it’s stuffed with 3M Thinsulate insulation that does a good job in the warmth department. 3M is also lightweight and won’t feel bulky to wear.
Some other features you’ll like include:
- Xt.L laminate does a good job keeping snow and moisture out. You won’t have to worry about your child getting wet with this coat on.
- Critical seams and Spylon DWR is another reason why all wetness and moisture is kept out.
- Powder skirt does a good job keeping snow from getting in if your kid falls. This saves a lot of frustration and keeps your son happy.
- Internal goggle pocket keeps your goggles safe. When you put them in there they won’t scratch up and get ruined.
- 10,000 grams of breathability is a pretty good amount and your boy won’t overheat out there.
How much is this jacket going to cost? Not too much. That’s an extremely fair price for what you’re getting and the Challenger could easily cost double.
The price gets even better when you factor in the lifetime warranty. Your child will eventually outgrow this coat but you won’t have to get a new one because this one rips or tears.
Here we have another high quality jacket and the Karbon Jester is equal to the one you just saw. It does well in every important category including warmth, breathability and waterproofing.
This jacket makes use of 100 grams of Thermik 1 Insulation and this does a good job keeping your from getting cold. Also, it comes with 10,000mm of waterproofing and 10000 grams of breathability. This is the kind of product that’ll keep you bone dry all day and is very comfortable to wear.
Your son will also enjoy that it has:
- Lycra cuffs and a powder skirt keeps snow from getting in. This prevents your child from getting cold on the slopes, which can ruin your day.
- Removable insulated and adjustable hood. When it’s very cold or it’s snowing heavily, you can take shelter under the hood. When it’s warmer you can shed the hood to take away some bulkiness.
- Critically sealed seams is another reason this jacket is so good at keeping moisture from penetrating.
- Lined collar and back warmer panel comes in handy when it’s frigid out. You need to be warm to have fun skiing and snowboarding and these features will help here.
Despite everything you’re getting, this jacket is still pretty affordable. The design is cool too and you get to choose from a bunch of different colors. You shouldn’t have a hard time finding one that your son loves and wants to wear.
Obermeyer Mach 8
The Obermeyer Mach 8 is a jacket that your boy can wear all the way from absolute beginner to advanced – it has something that all skill levels will like and enjoy.
First off, it has a relaxed fit which is a perfect middle ground – it’s not too tight or too loose. Also, it has a RECCO rescue reflector in the coat. This reflector sends out a signal to rescuers in case they get loss in the backcountry or caught up in an avalanche.
This reflector is passive and doesn’t need to be charged and doesn’t need batteries either. This adds peace of mind in case something happens.
Other awesome features include:
- 160 grams of synthetic insulation that provides a good amount of warmth, even if you get wet. Even if it’s pretty cold out your little one will be pretty toasty.
- 15,000mm of waterproofing is one of the highest on this list and this means it’ll almost be impossible for water/moisture to get in.
- 15,000 grams of breathability is also one of the highest on this list. Your son won’t have to worry about sweat build up or overheating with this amount of breathability.
- Insulated and removable hood. When the wind is howling you can put the hood up and when you want to shed some weight you can take it off.
- A bunch of different pockets on the inside and outside. Your child will be able to keep all their stuff safe out there.
- Anatomical shaping and articulated elbows is good for mobility. This is another reason why this product is good for high performers.
The Mach 8 is a little more expensive than the last two jackets you’ve seen but not by that much.
What really makes this price so good is it comes with a lifetime warranty. That’s not bad for such a low price.
The Spyder Speed is probably the best jacket on this list for boys. It excels in every single major category and works well in all weather conditions.
If you decide on this coat you won’t have to worry about your child being cold, getting wet, or overheating – the Spyder Speed gets basically the highest rating you can get in warmth, waterproofing and breathability.
Some top features include:
- HydroWEB 2.0 Laminate and Spylon DWR which provides the waterproofing and breathability. You get 20,000mm in the first department and 20,000 grams in the second.
- 120 grams of 3M Thinsulate Platinum Insulation is where you get your warmth. This synthetic insulation works well even when it gets wet.
- Pocket zipper so your son can keep his phone and other stuff nice and safe. He won’t have to keep it behind in the ski lodge unguarded.
- Internal mesh pocket for goggles. If you put your goggles in a regular pocket you run the risk of scratching the lens.
- Strategically placed underarm vents are good on warmer spring days. You can dump out excess heat quickly.
This jacket is one of the more expensive on this list. I personally think it’s worth every cent because this is the type of product that both protects and is comfortable.
Plus it comes with a lifetime warranty. As long as your son fits in this coat they’ll be able to wear it without it ripping.
The North Face Brayden
Company: The North Face
If you can’t afford the price of the last jacket or you just don’t want to pay that much, The North Face Brayden is a product you might want to consider.
Do I think it’s the same level of quality as the Spyder Speed? No, but it’s pretty close. It’s on the same level in warmth but isn’t quite there in breathability or waterproofing – in those departments they’re 10,000 grams and 10,000mm respectively.
Some other aspects you’ll like include:
- 200 grams of Heatseaker insulation means you’ll be warm no matter what the temperature is. This insulation is strategically placed all over the jacket too (body, sleeves and hood).
- Internal pocket specifically designed to keep your son’s phone safe. If you want him to have his phone on him through out the day, he can do that without losing it.
- Powder skirt prevents snow from piling in through out the day. This ensures your kid will have a good day and not be cold.
- Lightweight and not too bulky. This is good for maneuverability and for anyone that performs at a high level.
Like I mentioned, this product is very affordable. This is an excellent price, especially when you consider North Face’s quality and that it has a lifetime warranty.
This is the second jacket on this list from Obermeyer and this one isn’t quite the same level of quality. The Outland isn’t low quality or anything like that, the other one was just a very well made jacket.
The Outland does score well in the warmth department, however, and it has synthetic insulation through out the jacket (body, hood and sleeves). Even if it’s very cold out your son will be pretty toasty:
Some other features you’ll like include:
- Control Zone Ventilation puts vents through out the jacket for temperature control. When your boy is overheated they can quickly cool down.
- Articulated sleeves are good for movement and mobility. If your child likes to face challenging terrain they’ll enjoy this.
- Removable hood means you can shed a little weight when it’s a warmer out.
- Interior media pocket keeps your son’s phone safe. Plus, it ensures you’ll be able stay in touch with them through out the day.
- Detachable goggle cloth helps clear off snow and other moisture without scratching the lens.
- Microfleece liner is good for warming hands. On days that are especially cold you can slip your hands in this pocket.
This is another jacket that’s affordable. If you’re looking for a coat that protects and doesn’t break the bank, this one will work.
Last on the list for boys is the Orage Dennis and this product is pretty affordable. One thing I really like about the Dennis is the relaxed fit it has. With this type of fit the jacket won’t seem too tight or too loose.
Also, on days that are extremely cold, your son will be able to layer comfortably and not feel stiff. There’s plenty of insulation in this jacket also, so tackling frigid weather should be pretty easy.
Other aspects that are cool include:
- Durable outershell resists water and other moisture. The last thing you want to be is wet while in the cold and this shell prevents that.
- Mesh goggle pocket keeps your goggles from getting scratched. If you’ve ever had to deal with scratched goggles before you know how annoying that can be.
- Sporting Orage’s Prime 10 Technology means this product is functional and mobile. Any skier or snowboarder that’s intermediate or higher will appreciate this.
- Helmet compatible hood means you’ll be able to protect your head. If you’d like to check out my top picks for ski and snowboard helmets for kids, click here.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive product for this winter, the Dennis could be right for you.
Best Ski Jackets For Girls
The North Face Mountain View Triclimate
The North Face is an excellent company and they’re very popular – you’ll see their gear all over the slopes this year. That’s because they make high quality equipment and that applies to their Mountain View.
What I really like about this product is it’s a 3 in 1 jacket. That means it has an outershell that protects against the elements and an inner shell that provides warmth (these two shells are zippered together). On days when it’s not cold, like during the spring, you can just wear the outershell.
Some other features you’ll like include:
- HyVent polyester shell is all weather proof and prevents water/wind from bothering your daughter.
- Fleece liner is ultra comfortable and makes the Mountain View enjoyable to wear all day long.
- Zippered hand warmer pockets are convenient when it’s frigid out. There’s nothing worst than cold hands and this keeps that from happening (a good pair of kids gloves will help here too!).
- Very breathable and your girl won’t over heat with this jacket on. This is another reason this product is so comfortable.
The price isn’t overly terrible either. It’s like your’e getting 2 jackets, though, and this makes that price much more reasonable.
Also, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
The Spyder Lola is a stylish jacket that your little girl is going to love. How it looks isn’t the most important thing, though, and you’ll be happy to know the Lola performs at a high level.
One thing your daughter will like is how warm this product is and it comes with 140 grams of Thinsualte insulation. This amount and type of insulation provides a good amount of warmth even when wet and it’s very cold out.
You’ll also enjoy that it has:
- A bunch of pockets that are located through out the jacket. Some of these pockets are zippered and this ensures your daughter’s stuff will be safe.
- A lens wipe that comes in handy when your goggle lens needs to be cleared off. You don’t want to scratch your goggles and this prevents that.
- You have an internal mesh pocket that’s helpful for your goggles too.
- Removable hood is good for when it’s warm and cold. When it’s warmer you can shed the hood for less bulk and when it’s cold you can take cover under the hood.
- Xt.L Laminate and Spylon DWR keeps all moisture out. You won’t have to worry about your little girl getting wet, even if it’s snowing heavily.
Because this jacket is such quality, it costs a little extra. Like many of the coats on this list it comes with a lifetime warranty and this makes the price a little more reasonable.
The Obermeyer Grayson is a jacket that almost any girl will love – it does a good job in the three major categories you want it to do well in (warmth, breathability, and waterproofing).
In fact, this is one of the warmest jackets on this list and that’s because it comes with 140 grams of insulation. With this amount, your daughter will be comfortable even if the weather dips very low.
The breathability and waterproofing is both 15,000k which is pretty high too. You won’t have to worry about getting wet with the Grayson on.
Some other features you’ll like include:
- Interior pockets for both your goggles and phone. You don’t want your kid’s goggles scratching up and that won’t happen here. Also, you can keep in touch with your daughter because she’ll safely have her phone with her.
- Soft fleece liner is both comfortable and soft to the touch. This is a coat that’s actually enjoyable to wear.
- Water resistant powder skirt that can be taken off to shed some weight. If your girl takes a tumble she won’t have to worry about snow piling in.
- Helmet compatible hood is handy and means your child can protect their head.
- Designed specifically for performance and movement. This product won’t stifle your daughter and she’ll feel free with it on.
As you can see there’s a lot to like about this jacket. The price isn’t bad either and is a fair deal in my book.
The Roxy Jetty excels in many ways but it does best with warmth – this jacket comes with 200 grams of high quality Warmflight insulation and it’s placed through out the jacket. You’ll have a hard time finding a winter coat that has more insulation than that.
If you daughter is someone that has a hard time keeping warm or you expect to ski or snowboard in some freezing temperatures, the Roxy Jetty is a product you should consider.
Other reasons to consider include:
- Relaxed fit is the perfect middle ground between too tight and too loose. A relaxed fit is good for mobility and leaves enough room to layer.
- 10,000k of both breathability and waterproofing. Even if it’s snowing pretty heavy your kid won’t have to worry about moisture seeping in.
- Interior pocket that’s designed to keep phone’s safe. If you need to call your child or they just have to send a few texts throughout the day, they’ll be able to do that.
- Hand warmer pockets for especially cold days. I like this feature because I’m someone that suffers from colds hands and fingers.
The best part about this product is how affordable it is. There’s a few glowing reviews too. You can click below to see what others are saying about the Jetty.
The Spyder Hottie is a quality product and one of the few jackets on this list to come with natural down insulation. Down insulation does a phenomenal job providing warmth and is better than synthetic insulation at this.
The only downside is down tends to lose its effectiveness when it gets wet. Lucky for your daughter the Hottie comes with 10,000mm of waterproofing. This means the outer layer of this coat won’t let water get to the down, even if it’s snowing heavily.
Some additional aspects your child will enjoy include:
- Fleeced lined collar is very comfortable to wear and won’t irritate skin
- A goggle cloth comes in handy when goggles fog up or accumulate moisture – this cloth also prevents any scratching.
- Powder skirt that can be taken off. This keeps snow from getting in through the bottom of the coat.
- Removable faux fur
- Critical seams provide additional protection against moisture from seeping through.
This jacket costs a little extra than the other girls jackets on this list but not by much. For what you get that’s a fair price, though.
The North Face Kira
Last on this list is a jacket that I like a lot and one that I know you and your daughter will too. The North Face Kira is ultra versatile because it’s a 3 in 1 jacket.
This means it has a waterproof shell that snaps to an insulated inner shell – the two can be worn separately or together. So when it’s a little warmer out you can just wear the shell. A lot of people like to wear the inner shell out and off the slopes.
Some other features your daughter will enjoy include:
- Dryvent fabric on the outershell is completely waterproof and breathable – this makes this product extremely comfortable to wear.
- 150 grams of Heatseaker insulation does a great job providing warmth and will keep your daughter toasty even if it’s freezing out.
- Powder skirt is useful when it comes to keeping snow out.
How much is this jacket going to cost? Not much. Your basically getting 2 coats and when you think of it that way you realize how good of deal that is.
Plus, it comes with a lifetime warranty so you know this product is going to last season after season.
Make Sure Your Daughter Has A Good Jacket!
There’s nothing better than hitting the slopes and some of my favorite memories from childhood involve skiing. I’ve also had a few bad days out there and that was because I was cold or had faulty equipment.
If you want your boy or girl to have the most fun possible they need quality gear and that includes a well made jacket. Anyone of these products on this list will work and there’s one for all budgets/needs.
If you have any questions, you can comment below and I’ll make sure to respond as fast as possible. You can search around the ski and snowboard section up top for more gear reviews and tips.
Are you excited to get out there with your child this year?